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									                                                       Wake County Board of Education
                                                     Economically-Disadvantaged Students
                                                                  Committee
                                                                   Thursday, March 3, 2011
                                                                       4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
                                                                 Southeast Raleigh High School

                                                                      John Tedesco – Chair
                                                                     Keith Sutton– Vice Chair
                                                                         Deborah Prickett
By the end of the meeting participants will:
  Have the opportunity to provide feedback on the new website.
  Receive information about the next steps for fidelity of implementation of the math placement
 guidelines.
  Receive data per school including information regarding teachers per school.
  Receive an update on the work of the Equity and Equality working group.
  Form four additional working groups.

                              TOPIC                                            WHO                     TIME
Set up
        Comments/Purpose                                                  John Tedesco                  5
        Desired Outcomes
        Agenda
        Minutes
        Welcome and Overview – Southeast Raleigh High School              Beulah Wright                10

Mr. Tedesco opened the meeting and went over what is on the agenda. He noted that at an upcoming meeting
Ms. Prickett will be presenting at a later meeting.
He noted that the website is up and running and reminded attendees to sign up for the mail list.
New Website                                                                  John Tedesco                  5
  Feedback Wanted
Mr. Tedesco asked that attendees send requests for changes to the website to cmukherjee@wcpss.net.
Math Placement --Next Steps                                                   Ken Branch                  15
     Fidelity of Implementation for 11-12
Dr. Kenneth Branch noted that handouts for the middle school math placements for 2011-12 were given at the
meeting. Guidelines have not changed at this time, it has been requested of the middle school department that
they elaborate on the guidelines. We are using the same data points for this year. Many schools are reviewing
EOG scores from the previous years to make placements. Teachers have the ability to use their professional
judgment to bump up students into a higher math class. We are using a 70% probability level of success from
EVAAS to help in placement.
The probability index does not mean that the students are not necessarily ready for Algebra I at this time, but are
on the trajectory and will be ready for it as the correct time.
Math department chairs are being trained face to face on math placement. Principals were trained face to face in
the past.
The question was asked if the recommendations for placement have come out. Dr. Branch noted that Principals
are already looking at placement. There is a plan in place for the implementation of this process.
There are now recommendations on 2009-10 EOG scores due to the fact that we won’t have EVAAS data on the
2010-11 year until the second week of August at the earliest. Until more data is in place, the 70% EVAAS score
will be kept in place. With a 70% or more, predictability score, there is a 96% success rate in the higher math
classes across the state. One of the issues that is seen in the classes is proficiency in the math classes. Having
the foundations in math is important as the students more forward in the classes. A concern from the principals is
that the EVAAS proficiency scores should be raised because the students are not ready. SAS has looked at the
data and recommends that they go into the more rigorous class of Algebra I rather than Pre-Algebra.
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Statement: If there was a rigorous 9 grade class and put them on a rigorous path, there wouldn’t need to be
such acceleration in middle school. There was also the question of is there the capacity to respond to the
students with different levels of learning. We want every student to have the opportunity to advance in math.
Mr. Tedesco stated that this issue is important because these classes are the gatekeeper for the various tracks in
high school. If students are missed and are not given high expectations, it is difficult for them to jump tracks and
compete for the same opportunities. If the students start to struggle and are disillusioned, they could get in
trouble or drop out.
Dr. Nordone showed slides on what the schools are doing using the EVAAS data. The demographics are about
50-50 between white and minority at the schools she studied. She showed that there was a 10% gain for all
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students at W. Millbrook MS in 8 grade math when using data driven math placement for one year, a 15% gain
for African Americans, and a 31% for Hispanic students. With economically disadvantaged students there was a
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17% gain in 8 grade math. There are now no more level 1 students at this school. Wake Forest Roseville MS
has been using data for longer, but we still show gains. Double digit gains were shown for economically
disadvantaged students. There were 5 or less level 1 students left at the school. Using data driven placement,
the gap is closing.
Mr. Tedesco noted that at Daniels Middle School, a 300% decrease in suspensions after using data driven
placement. When the students were challenged and engaged, they didn’t get in trouble. The teachers also
looked at the students as advanced students.
An attendee asked what will happen at Daniels since the principal left. Mr. Tedesco asked that that information
be checked into. It was asked what else has been happening at the successful schools.
It was noted that there was a ripple effect when changes were made in placement at the schools. Some students
were placed in advanced English classes when they were moved Into the advanced math classes. This changed
the culture of the school.
Principal Hanzer spoke about the changes that she implemented in order to shift the culture of the school. She
changed the theme of the school to expect to win. The school started using EVAAS and PLTs. They used PBIS
and Blue Diamond to enhance the changes.
Discussion was on the many changes that a principal can make when added to data to raise the expectations of
the students.
The question was posed on what do you do when the students don’t learn.
Mr. Tedesco asked for a new report on math placement from Dr. Branch. Dr. Branch said that it might be August
before the data is in a format to be accessed from Traditional schools. There is a change coming in NCWISE
which will use a common identifier. Until the switch, there will be an issue. Dr. Hargens said there is a plan in
place for a process check by the Area Superintendents to implement fidelity. She noted that we would give
information as soon as the process check is done. There were many pieces that caused the issue, data, books,
and teachers, will affect capacity at a school.
Dr. Branch stated that Principals are working hard to bring individual teachers along with the new standardization.
There is not a policy in place for this. Since this is a seed change, there are many small changes that will need to
be done.

Additional Data Per School (including)                                      David Holdzkom                   30
       Types of Teachers/School                                              Brad McMillen
       Years of Experience
Mr. Tedesco referred to the data that was given as handouts at the meeting and asked that everyone study the
handouts. David Holdzkom noted on the Elementary handout that the data on this handout was collected from
many different sources. The first data point is how the school did and the other data points are inputs to the
outcome. The data is broken down by school. The values fall within one standard deviation, it is printed in black.
If more than 1 standard deviation above, it is reported in green. If more than 1 standard deviation below the value
it is reported in blue. If more than 2 standard deviation below the value it is reported in red. There were schools
that were more than 1 standard deviation above.
Dr. Holdzkom noted that there is a correlation between the children that are at risk and academic achievement.
The risk factors are limited English, a disability, and F&R qualified. The risk is compounded if the student has
more than one risk factor. Data such as this is used by the district to see if schools need additional resources.
Also the state uses much of this data. This data is just to be used a a quick picture of a school, it is not an
endpoint. An attendee noted that you can look at the risk factors and look to see what a school is doing right to
have the numbers they have with the risk factors that are at the school.
The second report was an abstract on the staffing and performance at the schools.

      Equity and Equality Policy Committee Update                           John Tedesco                55
    New Committees
     Areas of Focus                                                    Committee Members
          o Parent and Community Involvement
          o Evaluation of Effectiveness
          o Intervention K -12 (Including Pre-K)
          o Alternatives Strategies

Mr. Tedesco reminded everyone about the process in progress of this task force. He asked that attendees join
one of the four subgroups of this task force. He noted that the subgroups would report at future meetings.
James Overman was named at the Staff Liaison for the Parent and Community Involvement group, Marvin
Connelly was named for Alternative Strategies, David Holdzkom for Evaluation of Effectiveness, and Darryl
Fisher with Intervention K-12 (Including Pre-K).
The staff liaisons were asked if there were initiatives that these groups would be working on. They were asked to
connect them with staff members that would work with the subgroups. Each group was asked to have at least
one meeting before the next ED Task Force meeting.
Mr. Tedesco spoke of the Policy and Equity Committee that was chosen from our group to work with Ann
Hooker’s group, the Recommendation 1 Committee. David Ansbacher spoke on the collaboration and Dr.
Nordone spoke about the way they developed the policy recommendation. Some of the items that are wanted in
the policy is nondiscriminatory language, equitable access to resources, the need for students to be able to
perform to their highest potential, and the need for responsibility of the Board of Education, the Superintendent,
and all school system employees.
     Closing                                                                 John Tedesco                  5

Mr. Tedesco spoke to the new mission statement that was adopted at the last Board meeting. High expectations
is a key objective for every child. The mission statement is posted on the WCPSS website.
Marvin Pittman discussed the information meeting for Walnut Creek. Good information was given at this session.
The community will now be trained and will be set as an advocacy and support base for this school.
Mr. Tedesco requested that everyone return for the next meeting.
Next meetings:
         April 7, 2011 at East Millbrook MS               July 7, 2011 Creech Rd ES
         May 5, 2011 - Fox Road ES                        August 4, 2011 Vena Wilburn
         June 2, 2011 - Brentwood ES                      Sept . 1, 2011 Walnut Creek

								
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